Malnutrition Awareness Week
When hearing the word "malnutrition" most people probably think about third-world children or adults who don't have access to plenty of food or clean water. But surprisingly, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) created Malnutrition Awareness Week in 2009 to bring awareness to the malnutrition of hospitalized patients in the United States.
Carlsbad Open MRI is supporting the fifth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week, this week (September 26-30th), by bringing awareness to this issue and continuing the conversation. Every year, the goal of this week is to help healthcare professionals and the general public better understand this often poorly diagnosed condition, so we're sharing some important information with you here as a step in the right direction.
You might be wondering, so this really happens in America? Where obesity is a huge problem? Well, according to ASPEN, some studies showed that anywhere between 30-50% of patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay. So yes, this is happening and it's happening a lot more than we think.
Not only is malnutrition obviously an unfavorable thing, but it also is associated with even worse outcomes like higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. And of course, with these additional negative effects come higher healthcare costs... over $150 billion a year to be exact.
But what can you do? If you're a healthcare professional, you can assess and intervene earlier to make sure your patient is getting the best level of treatment, which includes their nutrition care. If you're a patient, you can (and should) ask about your nutrition status and advocate for the best level of treatment too. Spread the word, see what educational programming ASPEN has going on this week, and take action by visiting the Malnutrition Awareness Week page.
Know that here at Carlsbad Open MRI, we are your advocate and we always want to make sure you are getting the care you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to take care of all your medical imaging needs.